INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
CROP Walk raises $4,000 to fight hunger
The University was one of three sites that hosted the walk Sunday, October 19, which took place during Family Weekend’s cloudy, rain-filled days.
BU has participated in the walk and food drive for the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, or CHOW, for the past five years, said Mary Beth Willis, BU project coordinator for CHOW.
The Walk Against Hunger has been hosted by Broome County for nearly 21 years and is sponsored by Catholic Charities; the Positive Results, Ideas and Discovery through Education Program; and CHOW.
Participants either followed a 2.5-mile trail around campus or walked the West Gym’s indoor track. BU’s volunteer organizations have helped CHOW coordinate food drives on campus for years. Several fraternities raise financial donations while others collect food. Donation barrels are placed throughout campus and food is donated to local residents.
Though the event was successful according to Willis, she hopes to raise more awareness and support in the future. “I am surprised so many people came out because of the rainy weather,” Willis said. “But hunger is always a problem.”